Directors/ producers, when looking for a cinematographer/DP what impresses you and what puts you off?

I'd like to know how people decide who to hire.


  • I look for these 3 main things & how its used.

    1. The use of the 3 stages of Composition
    2. Camera Movement in relation to tone & Genre
    3. Colour Theory [is my Cinematographer shooting W/ post in mind]
  • It impresses you when their work looks very cinematic - use of different lighting, angles etc, it’s off putting when it looks quite simple as if they are just operating the camera.
  • @Akin Kongi what do you mean by see if they bring their own creativity? How can you tell?

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